ITV’s ‘Breathless’ Rounds Out Cast
Six-part ITV drama Breathless has added cast to join the previously announced Jack Davenport-starrer. Natasha Little (Vanity Fair), Oliver Chris (One Man Two Guvnors), Zoe Boyle (Downton Abbey, Sons Of Anarchy), Joanna Page (Gavin & Stacey), Shaun Dingwall (Above Suspicion) Catherine Steadman (The Tudors, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen), Sarah Parish (Hatfields & McCoys), Pippa Haywood (Mr Selfridge) and Iain Glen (Game Of Thrones) have all boarded the ITV Studios drama about a group of doctors and nurses working in a London hospital in the 60s. Shooting is underway this month on Breathless which is produced by Jolyon Symonds with Kate Bartlett and director Paul Unwin exec producing.
K5 Adds Rodolphe Sanze To Sales, Ups Sara Boss
K5 International is expanding its sales team to handle its full Cannes slate. Rodolphe Sanze has joined the company, reporting to Partner, Sales and Marketing, Carl Clifton, and sales exec Sara Boss has been promoted as part of an overall expansion ahead of the company’s biggest Cannes market to date. K5’s titles for sale on the Croisette include Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer’s The Starving Games; Justin Reardon’s Convention; the Richard Levine-helmed Blue Angel; behind-the-scenes tennis documentary Venus & Serena; Narco Cultura, from acclaimed war photographer and filmmaker Shaul Schwarz; and Andrew Dosunmo’s Sundance pic Mother Of George.
Bollywood’s Sanjay Dutt Gets Four Month Prison Reprieve
Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt has been given four more months to complete film work before turning himself in on a weapons conviction related to a Mumbai terror attack in 1993. Dutt was sentenced last month and given a Thursday deadline to surrender for prison, but the Supreme Court has granted him the time so that he can finish his pending commitments which industry experts have said are worth about $20M, the Associated Press reports. Dutt previously served jail time in the long-running case, but nevertheless, his Bollywood career flourished. He is best known for a series of Hindi films in which he played a reformed thug.
‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Goes To Finland
ITV Studios Nordic has been commissioned by Finland’s MTV3 to produce a local version of Hell’s Kitchen. Michelin-starred Finnish chef Sauli Kemppainen will host the show that debuts in the fall. It will be shot in a real restaurant that opens in Helsinki in July. The ITV Studios format has been produced in 13 territories, including the US, UK, Germany, France and Spain. Hell’s Kitchen Finland is executive produced by Aram Aflatuni and Heli Koskela and produced by Heli Koskela with assistant producer Heidi Räihä for ITV Studios Nordic.
A+E UK Enlists Caroline Casey
A+E Networks UK has appointed Caroline Casey in the newly created role of director of digital media. Casey will be responsible for the management of all digital assets and associated brands of A+E Networks UK across Britain, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Sub Saharan Africa. The company’s four channel brands include History, H2, Crime & Investigation Network and BIO. Casey will also oversee content and product development across 34 websites and various social media networks as well as all digital marketing and advertising. She is a former Turner Broadcasting exec who most recently had her own consulting firm.
TV Talk Show Host Breaks World Record In Nepal
Nepali TV host Rabi Lamichhane has set a Guinness world record for holding the longest talk show in history. The former journalist and Baltimore resident returned to his homeland for a marathon 62-hour 12-minute on-air session with politicians, artists, diplomats, businessmen, social workers and journalists on his Lord Buddha Was Born In Nepal show, Reuters reports. “It was not difficult physically but sometimes I found it hard to concentrate,” Lamichhane told Reuters.
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